Archive for Thursday, February 26, 2009

In style and substance, Jindal’s speech panned

February 26, 2009


— Insane. Childish. Disaster.

And those were some of the kinder comments from political pundits about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and his response to President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress on Tuesday night.

Jindal, 37, a Rhodes scholar and son of Indian immigrants, is considered a rising star in Republican ranks and a likely 2012 presidential candidate. GOP leaders, looking for a fresh face for the party’s image, tapped Jindal earlier this month for the high-profile task of rebutting Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

But in both style and substance, Jindal’s speech has drawn flak from Republicans and Democrats alike.

Penni Pier, a political communication specialist at Iowa’s Wartburg College, said Jindal’s presentation was overly colloquial and his message of less government and more tax cuts was substantively thin.

“It sounded like the same old rhetoric — we had tax cuts the last eight years, and look where it got us,” Pier said. “Jindal was also trying to be so familiar, he lost credibility. Obama is familiar, but at the same time always a statesman.”


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 10 months ago

That's because after nearly 30 years of Reagan-inspired trickle-down warmongering, the Republicans have no solutions to the havoc they've wreaked.

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 10 months ago

But true conservatives do, bozo. Those solutions include:

Lower taxes for all wage earners

Less government by a factor of 20% or more

Staying out of costly wars that have nothing to do with our national security

Confrontation 8 years, 10 months ago

Jindal is a waste of space. If Repubs weren't willing to vote for a black man as president, then they definitely aren't going to vote for an Indian. Go ahead and nominate him. It'll be an easy victory for the Dems.

bad_dog 8 years, 10 months ago

Jindal came across as more of a dying meteor than rising star to me. He struck me as more of a Republican wannabe effort to say "hey voters, we have a young intelligent minority candidate too". He's also got a lot of work to do to overcome Louisiana's long-standing history of personal and governmental corruption, but if Obama could do it with his Chicago political roots I suppose Jindal can as well. Just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Jindal's post-Katrina story where he took issue with the impediment of governmental bureaucracy (he and the local sheriff were supposedly told rescue boats were required to have permits and insurance prior to performing rooftop rescues) was ironic given it was either the local government and/or the Bush administration's bureaucracy he was taking issue with. I also believe Louisiana has received more than 175 billion in aid without question since Katrina, yet he wants to pick and choose which portions of the stimulus package the people most affected by the current economy-his unemployed constituents, will receive.

It's OK all you unemployed Louisiana citizens. Just suck it up. You don't need any help from the government.

pool_playa 8 years, 10 months ago

Jindal is a smart man and smart politician too. He became the Governor of a pretty conservative state. He chose to follow a different religion than his Hindu parents. He was the state health secy. at the age of 24 and turned around a perenially money loser into fiscally viable organization with surplus within 3 years. I have heard that the guy is absolutely good with numbers and figures and data. He is known to be a town hall meeting kinda guy. So it would be foolish to write him off so soon. There is no doubt that his response was pretty weak to Obama's speech but then there is hardly any better speaker in the country than the President himself right now.

Bob Forer 8 years, 10 months ago

Let me echo Rachel Maddow's response. GAH!!!

What a fool. If this is all the GOP has to offer, I say, bring em on, cause happy days are here to stay.

Kyle Reed 8 years, 10 months ago

Yes beo, I'm sure you're much smart than this Rhodes scholar. You might want to adjust your keyboard, your ignorance is showing.

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